Japanese department store chain Tenmaya Co. has removed matsutake mushrooms imported from North Korea from its shelves after two customers found what appeared to be nails in them, the Kyodo News service reported, citing company officials.
They said a male customer on Thursday reported finding what appeared to be a 5-inch nail in one of the matsutake mushrooms after buying them the previous day at a store in Hiroshima.
A female employee at the store also found a similar metal object in matsutake mushrooms she purchased at the store Friday, officials reported.
They said the metal objects were likely inserted into the mushrooms before the department store took them because they were purchased in packs.
This is surely not the way that anyone would want to be getting the recommended iron requirement into their diet!